You can’t have missed it: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has recently been inaugurated. Boijman’s own collection is stored there now and can be viewed by visitors, but a number of private and corporate collections have also decided to make use of the well-built depot spaces. QKunst organized one of these spaces with the KPN corporate collection. 800 special works from the collection have been placed in the depot and can now be enjoyed by the public.
The KPN corporate collection is known to be one of the leading corporate collections in the Netherlands. About two thirds of the key collection can be viewed in the depot, both in the display room as well as on the racks in the depot. Together, they form a representative view of the collection, including works from Marc Bijl, Rineke Dijkstra, Emo Verkerk, Carel Visser and many other nationally and internationally renowned artists.
In 2008, KPN made use of QKunst’s art consultancy services for the forming and presentation of the collection. Since 2019, QKunst helps KPN to bring more focus to the collection. Due to lack of space in the KPN buildings, a lot of art has been placed in storage in the recent years. Thanks to the very accessible depot space at Boijmans, many of these works are now visible again.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the first museum depot in the world that provides access to a complete art collection, without the interference of a conservator. The dynamic of the depot is different from the museum: there are no exhibitions, but visitors – independently and in some spaces accompanied by a guide – can wander between the 151.000 art pieces that were previously stored in depots that were not open to the public. Art lovers can also take a look at conservation and restauration processes. Hop on guided tours are offered in which the KPN depot is also visited.
KPN depot at Boijmans now open